An elaborate tattoo detailing a historic Dundee landmark has been described as “the greatest challenge” of its artist’s inking career.
Jamie Shankland, 25, has spent more than £1,000 in the last year to recreate a picture on his arm of the traditional old Dundee meeting place beneath the H Samuel clock.
But it has not won favour with everyone after a video of Jamie being refused entry into Dundee University Students’ Union because of what he believes was a bouncer objecting to it went viral last week.
Tattooist Calum Stewart, of Metalurgey in Dock Street, said it was the most intricate design he had ever been asked to draw.
Calum said: “When I first saw it, I just laughed and said ’Jamie, I’ll never be able to that’.
“Because of the area where it is, wrapping around the forearm, there is so much detail in such a small space.
“The people’s heads were smaller than the size of five pence pieces, so any detail was near impossible.
“But I’m really happy with how it’s turned out considering the scale of it.”
Jamie, who owns his own clothing firm, said: “I put a lot of thought into what to get, but I’m from Dundee so I wanted to reflect that.
“It has probably had about 15 hours of work done on it. That started about the start of the year, so it’s taken the best part of a year to get my whole arm done.
“People love it, it’s had a great reaction.”
Despite acclaim for his new tattoo, Jamie was refused entry to the students’ union over what he believes was his body art.
Dundee University Students’ Association claims he was refused entry because there were too many non-students in the building.
Jamie said: “The bouncer took a dislike to that tattoo. It’s bizarre that a tattoo of Dundee in Dundee caused it.”